Negative Scanner emerged fully formed from the ashes of Rebecca Flores and Tom Cassling’s former band Tyler Jon Tyler. Partnering with Nick Beaudoin and Matt Revers, the band gives full form to Flores’s post-punk yelp. They put out a fantastic debut 7” on Trouble In Mind earlier this year, and this 7” contains the rest of that session.
“Pastel Blue, Clinical White” is a barn burner of the post-punk kind, brining to mind a blend of The Wipers, Eddy Current Supression Ring, and we shit you not, Siouxie and the Banshees. From the moment the guitars kick in, ‘Pastel Blue’ drivers forward like theirs no other choice. The b-side, “A.W.O.L.” shows the bands less “Punx” side, but keeps that drive as the rhythm section fails to let up an inch as Ms. Flores and Mr. Revers guitars dance around each other, churning away all the time. Its also a fantastic showcase for Ms. Flores voice, which layers itself on top of the bands sonic attack, and finds it way into every crevice left unturned.
The cats over at Pitchfork’s “Shake Appeal” dubbed the band one “worth following”, and they’ve been getting rave review from CMJ, Brooklyn Vegan, and the Chicago Reader. Which is nice. This record is an unequivocal statement that no one should take their eyes off Negative Scanner.